New Louisiana site added to Superfund list

On behalf of Rock Palermo of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC posted in Environmental Land Contamination on September 27, 2012.

A Louisiana site was among the 12 recently added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of Superfund locations.

"Superfund" is the colloquial name for the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA). In essence, the program is a registry for the most contaminated sites in America and provides a means by which funds are provided to mitigate the hazardous waste at those sites. Superfund was intended to take land that was so badly polluted that it couldn't be used and restore it to productivity, creating jobs, reducing health threats and improving the environment in the process.

The Louisiana site is the EVR Wood Treating/Evangeline Refining Co. site in Jennings. This land was a former wood treating plant and has become saturated with toxic chemicals that were used at the site for many years.

The 11 other new Superfund sites are in scattered across the country in states including Maine, North Carolina, Arkansas, Florida, Ohio and Texas. Generally speaking, they are mostly former factories, industrial sites or contaminated water plumes. They are contaminated with hazardous waste and chemicals including arsenic, benzene and chromium that are known to pose threats to human health.

Superfund is one of the country's highest-profile environmental programs, but it is not without its critics. Since the program got going in 1983, it has mitigated some 360 sites -- just a small portion of the 1,676 that are designed Superfund sites. Clearly, just getting designated a Superfund sites does not automatically guarantee successful action. For the sake of all of us here in Louisiana, we hope that the new Superfund site will get the funding, attention and prioritization it deserves.

Source: WVUE-TV, "Louisiana site included on the EPA superfund list," Sept. 21, 2012

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